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The Hew Zetland insurance companies Interested m the spokane F«)ls firo are South British, 28,625^18 ; New Zaalaud, 24,000d01s • Union, 28,000d01i. Balfour's Prleon Bill passed the Home of Commons on August 23rd, after a heated debate, by » vote of 113 to 69, F/erca attacks were nude on the Secretary for Ireland by Messrs Sexton, Parnell, and Blaln. Edison, the electrician, Ib being honored In Europe, Oo August 13th the QaeeD despatched Oolonel Goorand to Paris to present the Inventor with the phonograph Into which she had spoken, warmly congratulating him. King Hambett of Italy faai appclct?dthe dlstlngalabed American Grand Officer of fae Order of tbe Grown oflaly. Herr Lachlrmcnn t editor of the "London Journal," a weekly newspaper printed m German, ihot hia w fe an<l ohild on Aoeoat 19tb, and then committed suicide. The exhibition of the Co-operative Sooletles has been opened at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham. The display fs highly interesting, and shows a marked progress In the produce of 00-cperatlve In doe try. A festival was given at tbe Palace on Angust 17th m connection with the exhibition. The attendance was e&ormout, the turnstile recording over 40,000. Extensive forgerieß of 1000 franc notes were discovered at Toulouse on August 7th. The notes had been extensively circulated. A number of persons were •rreßted, but a large railway contractor who wai implicated escaped Despatches from Lucerne, August 21it Bays tbat a Syndicate of German bankers, which has been quietly buying up certain railroad interests, proposes to pierce the Simplon, They have aocepted a scheme for a tunnel at the baee of the mountain with its southern mouth m It*ly, and that country will contribute 15,000,000 fraooJ. There is li tie doubt that the Swim Government will not accept this proposal . The plan is of great importance to Germany and Italy, both commercially and strategically, trance, Switzerland, and the Simplon Valley will be thrown open to Geiman Government to the detriment of French ccmmeroe, acd m the case of war Italy and Germany would be enabled to bring troops direct'y to the Franco-Swies frontier, which is almost entirely unfortified. A disastrous tornado vieited Southern Hungary on July 28th. For twenty-one miles along the Danube many {houses and churche3, a ferry boat at Pesth, and a drous at Izigid, all crowded with human beings, were swept away. Hundreds were drowned, and the bodies lay strewn m every direction. The path of the tornado presented an awful scene of desolation. It was nearly half a mile wide, and the chad and dying people are embedded m the wreckage. The course of the disturbance is several thousand miles. Many bodies of men, woman sod children. •nd oatt'e were recovered from the Danube, and others from other rivers. Several fine churches were ruined. The National Bank of Milan and the Savings Bank of Naples advanced, on August ]9tb, 24,000,000 lire to two Turin Banks to arrest a panic caused by the suicide of Signor Copelo, one of ihe leading bankers of the city last named. Dnring a public concert and ball m Borne, on August 19 cb, « bomb was exploded near the Austrian Embassy and eight persons were injured. A FBIGHTFOL BABTHQUAKB. Deipatches from Yokohama of July 30 th leport » frightful earthquake m the western part of the Island of Klnslne. The town of Kumamote wiseutlrely destroyed. Large numbers of people perished, •nd an enormous amount of property was destroyed. Almost m the oenvre of the town a deep ravine opened and swallowed the Governor's palace and the principal Imperial effioea. Hardly a house was left standing. The governor's wife and six children are missing, and it it believed they were killed. It Is Impossible to say bow many people lost thtir lives, but the latest de»p»tohes from Nkgaukl put tbe number at 3000. Almost the whole town which formerly contained 38,000 inhabitants, was destroyed. Many villages m the neighborhood, witb their inhabitants, b»7e entirely disappeared. THE WORLD'S BREADETUEF SUPPLY The situation of the world't breadstuff supply Is more serlooß than was expected • fortnight ago. Russian offio'al reports admit that the wheat crop Is the worst for many yean- A tornado n Hungary and North Roumanla not only destroyed the grain still standing, but swept away mm; granaries. The Austrian Minister of Agriculture officially announced the day befoi 3 tbe storm tbat tbe crops of Gallcla and Silesia were a total failure, snd thoeo of Bohemia and Moravia very bad. Reports from Bombay grow worau as the season advances. Official esticnatts show » shortage of 15,000,100 bushels. The recent bad wea'her bos caused much Anxiety to the farmers cf England, and the same climatic conditions worked havoc witb tbe French crepe. Froighto from Baltlo and Black Sea ports'have advanced. A London despatch of August 17th says that the failure of the most important Baropean wheat crops and the continuance of unfavorable harvest weather m England have led to steps for the formation of a glgaot'o bread trust m London. Foor of tbe largest Metropolitan Bread Companies, controlling nearly 300 retail bakeries, with a yearly profit of nearly £100,000, are already m combination, and others are expected to follow. The consolidation will be known as " The London Bread Union." It Is announced that by a reduotlon of administrative expensed and lessened competition, this new monopoly will be able to lower the price of bread . The prloe of wheat had risen In all English provincial porta.

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MAIL NEWS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2227, 16 September 1889

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MAIL NEWS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2227, 16 September 1889